Indy Chamber Unveils Legislative Priorities

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The Indy Chamber has released its list of 2015 legislative priorities. They align with the organization's long-term strategy that focuses on work force development and quality of place and include support of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.'s Regional Cities Initiative, early childhood education and mass transit. December 8, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Indy Chamber today released their 2015 Legislative Agenda, setting priorities for the upcoming budget session of the Indiana General Assembly.

The 2015 agenda is concentrated on issues that allow the regional economy to thrive now and will set the stage for success for years to come. Recognizing the changing nature of economic development here and across the country, the Indy Chamber's long term strategy involves an intense focus on workforce development and investment in quality of place.

Priority issues include:

Regional Cities Initiative: Support strategic quality of life investments advocated by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation's Regional Cities Initiative to enhance Indiana as a magnet for jobs and talent.

Equity in Local Government Funding: Support a statewide strategy to equitably distribute revenue to communities from those who work, recreate, and consume in those respective localities to pay for the investments and services that make these activities possible. Support the creation of an incremental Local Option Income Tax that would remain in the county of employment.

Early Childhood Education: Support the development of publicly funded, outcome-focused, Pre-K programs as well as mandatory, fully-funded, full-day kindergarten.

Mass Transit: Improve workforce mobility and economic opportunity through strategic investment in a regional multi-modal transit system. Restore a dedicated funding stream for the Public Mass Transportation Fund (PMTF) to enhance mass transit throughout the state.

Water: Support the creation of a statewide coordinating body to ensure sustained economic opportunity through responsible management of water resources.

For the complete 2015 Legislative Agenda visit www.indychamber.com/advocacy.

About Indy Chamber

The Indy Chamber is the voice of progress and improvement for the Indianapolis region's business community. With membership of nearly 2,500 businesses representing 230,000 employees in the Indianapolis region, the Indy Chamber is leading the effort to strengthen the business climate, improve the state of education, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the region's workforce. For more information about the Indy Chamber, visit IndyChamber.com.

Source: The Indy Chamber